Regularly Beating Up James Ellsworth
Join Date: Dec 2012
Re: The Other Side: Bret Hart
Move set = Very good for its time. Bret has been surpassed in the ring, but that's only expected as his last match in the WWE was in 1997 and things have obviously changed a lot. But there's no doubt in my mind that he played a huge role in the evolution of the in-ring quality for the WWE.
Psychology = Excellent. He approached his matches with different methodical techniques. When he wanted a match to be personal, he'd add something intense to it in order to do so. Sometimes this meant blood, executing a dirty move that was somewhat out of character and reserved for a special occasion, or just his mannerisms and demeanor.
Storytelling = This is sort of pertinent to the above. He seemed to work well against his own family. I particularly remember Canadian Stampede though, where Austin took Owen Hart out of the match by doing the figure four lock around the ring post. Bret would go on to do the same submission on Steve Austin, which resulted in Stone Cold leaving the match as well temporarily. But his feuds with Owen and Davey where even other members of the Hart family got involved were very well done.
Flow - I think the flow of his matches were usually best when he was in control. It depends on the opponent. Same thing with Shawn Michaels during the same time period. They faced a lot of opponents who were obviously not as adept in the ring as they were. So sometimes when Bret was taking the hits, the flow of the match would often become sluggish if it was against a mediocre opponent or something.
He was a dynamic wrestler, especially considering the time period. He made guys like Diesel look better... Vader, Patriot, etc. Even in a rare match with Andre the Giant, I think he made Andre look better by the way he sold in the match. I don't know if I'd say he is the greatest of all time like you asked. He might be my personal favorite, but there are a few others I'd put before him.